Offense struggles as A’s lose 4

  • May. 10, 2011 11:00 a.m.

The Okanagan A’s gave up just 10 runs all weekend, but failed to win a game in B.C. Premier Baseball League action.

The A’s scored only five runs of their own and lost all four meetings with the hometown Victoria Mariners—three of those by a single run and two in extra innings.

Pitching has not been a concern for Okanagan this season—in fact, through 13 games opposing teams were hitting just .193 against the A’s.

But offense has been quite another story as Okanagan is hitting well below the

.200 mark as a team.

“It’s frustrating,” said A’s head coach Evan Bailey. “I’ve seen three or four guys on a team struggle before, but I’ve never seen a whole team slumping like we are. We have a good team and a good group of guys. They’re just not hitting right now and it’s hard to figure out.”

On Saturday, the Mariners won the opener 2-1 in extra innings as the A’s managed just three hits. In Game 2, the A’s lost 3-1.

On Sunday, the Mariners again needed nine innings to eke out a 2-1 win. Nolan Handley tossed three-hit ball for six innings but suffered the loss.

In the series finale, the A’s scored twice in the seventh inning but fell short 3-2.

The A’s are now 4-10 on the season.

“That’s not even close to what I expected or where we should be,” Bailey said of his team’s record. “I said at the beginning of the season we’re a top five team and I still believe that’s where we belong. Right now we’re 10th. It’s tough to take.”

Okanagan returns to action this weekend at Elks Stadium when they host the Coquitlam Reds for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Staff ace Jake Maters (2-0) will be back on the mound for the A’s after missing his last three starts with an injury.

Junior A’s

After sweeping Parksville a week earlier, the Okanagan A’s were the vicitims of a sweep in Junior Premier Baseball League play.

The A’s fell four times to the hometown Nanaimo Pirates: 1-0, 4-0, 7-4 and 5-4.

The junior A’s (6-10) will host the Langley Blaze for two games Saturday at Lombardy Park, and two more Sunday at Boucherie.

 

Bantam A’s

Okanagan managed a win in four tries in B.C. Bantam AAA Baseball League play. On Saturday, at Lombardy North Delta beat the A’s 2-1 and 5-2. On Sunday at Edith Gay, Okanagan edged Tri City 8-7, then lost 13-0. The A’s (3-11) will be in Kamloops Saturday for a doubleheader.

 

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